Celebrating Women 


International Women’s Day Florence Nightingale: Following the Call to Serve

Rakow Branch - Shales Living Room
Thursday, March 8      6:30 – 7:30 pm

National award-winning actress and storyteller Megan Wells will tell the riveting story of Florence in first person.  R 




Hidden Memory: An American Story

Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms
Sunday, March 18      2 – 3:30 pm

World War II was a very different experience for Japanese Americans. Join storyteller Anne Shimojima as she shares the story of her family’s journey from Japan and through the difficult war years. This story was inspired by an interview Anne did with her 91-year-old aunt, who experienced the Portland, Oregon assembly center and a California incarceration camp, and whose only crime was looking like the enemy. Co-sponsor: AAUW Elgin Area Branch.   R 



Elgin American Compacts: Making Women Beautiful

Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms AB
Wednesday, March 21      7 – 8:30 pm

Using her own collection of Elgin American powder compacts, historian Linda Rock describes the evolution of women's makeup from Egyptian times through today. Volunteers from the audience will be asked to become makeup artists and models from two contrasting decades!  R 



The Midwestern Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: Play Ball!

Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms AB
Wednesday, April 18      7 – 8:30 pm

During the 1940s and 1950s, 96 athletic and determined women from Illinois made a BIG difference. Over the period of 1943-1954, they were among the more than 550 women who played professional baseball in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGBPL) depicted in the movie A League of Their Own. One of the players in the women's baseball league, Bethany Goldsmith, was from Elgin. In this presentation, author Bob Kann, the biographer of one of the players, Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero, shares stories about Midwestern women who grew up during the Great Depression, worked in factories and on farms, and eventually played professional baseball.  R 


Miss Elgin Contest of 1925

Main Library - Meadows Community Rooms
Monday, April 30      7 – 8:30 pm

The first Miss Elgin Contest in 1925 attracted over 5000 people. Using a variety of period photos, Elgin historian Jerry Turnquist will retell the history of the event which included a trip to national competition in Atlantic City for the winner.  R 



 R = Registration Required ▪ 3 ways to register ▪ gailborden.info/register ▪ Call 847-429-4597 ▪ In Person    






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